The First World War: 100 Years Later (SAMLA Convention, 7-9 November 2014)

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South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA)
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In this year of First World War centenary remembrances, we have the opportunity to revisit the vast amount of literature from "The Great War." In recent years, many new voices have been added to the archive of WWI authorship. This session seeks to consider how both established and emerging perspectives impact and broaden our understanding of the war.

Possible topics to consider:

Lost and forgotten voices of the war
War propaganda
Anti-war literature
"Real" experience of war versus "other" experiences (and the repercussions of using such terms)
Warfront vs. homefront accounts
Gender and the war
Women's narratives
Women's roles in the war effort (as nurses, munitions workers, etc.)
Depictions of violence, bodies, trauma, and death
Peace campaigns and women's suffrage
Women's responses to male-authored works (such as Evadne Price's Not So Quiet as a comment on Remarque's All Quiet on the Western Front)
Post-war memoirs/memorials
WWI in the 1920s
Recent fictional depictions of WWI
Recent film adaptations of WWI
The WWI canon since 1914

Papers may discuss established writers or less well-known writers. Poetry, fiction, and non-fiction texts are invited, and papers on autobiographical narratives (such as letters, diaries, memoirs, and oral histories) are welcome. Interdisciplinary approaches that include discussion of print culture, film, painting, and other media are encouraged, as are proposals that address wider topics, such as issues of politics, education, race, colonialism, psychology, and medicine within the war context.

This panel will be held during the SAMLA Convention, 7-9 November 2014, in Atlanta, Georgia, at the Marriott Atlanta Buckhead Hotel & Conference Center. By June 10, 2014, please email a 350-word abstract and short biography (including complete contact information) to Melissa Makala, University of South Carolina, at